mHealth Summit Update — Organizations Stepping Up

The mHealth Summit is winding down in Washington, D.C., and the mobile healthcare initiative gained some financial backing as major organizations have announced donations to help advance mobile healthcare. HP (s hpq), Qualcomm (s qcom), the Rockefeller Foundation and Norwegian agency Norad are joining the effort to better utilize mobile technology in the global distribution of better healthcare.

Three donations of $1 million each are being made to the mHealth Alliance, an organization promoting the delivery of quality healthcare in remote areas through the use of wireless technology. HP, The Rockefeller Foundation and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) are making the donations independently to provide core funding to the Alliance. Some of the donated funds will help operate the Maternal mHealth Initiative, a program designed to reduce maternal and infant mortality in developing countries. The Rockefeller Foundation, along with the United Nations Foundation and Vodafone Foundation, founded the mHealth Alliance in 2009.

In related news, the Mobile Health Information System has been announced by Qualcomm to bring crucial medical information to remote healthcare providers in South Africa through the use of devices using 3G connectivity.  The project is also training nurses to use supplied smartphones to access medical databases for the treatment of complex cases.

Image credit: Flickr user US Army Africa

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